Palmetto Bay, Fla. – Today, the Support the EAA Reservoir Project Coalition, which is dedicated to helping solve Florida’s water crisis by storing more water in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), announced its growing list of supporters. The list includes more than 50 businesses and organizations, ranging from local and statewide environmental and conservation organizations to local businesses that are directly affected by the release of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers and the Indian River Lagoon. Additionally, the coalition has received support from more than 150 individuals. To view the list of supporters, please click here.
“We are excited to release our growing list of coalition members who all stand united with one goal in mind – helping solve Florida’s water crisis by storing more water in the EAA,” said Eric Eikenberg, CEO of the Everglades Foundation. “The State of Florida, through the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), has the historic opportunity to acquire a key parcel of land in the EAA to build a reservoir that could store one foot of water off of the lake.”
“This reservoir project will aid in Everglades restoration and will benefit the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers and Indian River Lagoon, which have been severely damaged by polluted discharges from Lake Okeechobee,” said Eikenberg. “I, along with our growing list of supporters, encourage the Florida Legislature and SFWMD to take action now so that we can protect the Everglades, and the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers, long-term; and, most importantly, protect the drinking water supply for eight million Floridians.”
“Our state – and our local residents, homeowners and businesses – cannot afford to face a 2013-like crisis every year. We must take action now, before this option is completely off the table,” concluded Eikenberg.
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